The study was conducted to fine out the effect of the New Generation Churches on the youths with a case study of LIGHT CRUSADER MINISTRY, CALABAR. The background of the study highlighted how the youths have made exploits for the kingdom of God with the support of the early church. The significance of the study was that, it created awareness or enlightenment to both the church and the ministries. The research methodology was qualitative survey. The findings reveal the effects which were categorized into positive and negative. Under positive; the youths are opportune to discover their talents early and have put such talents to work to the glory of God and expansion of the ministry. There is better and improved relationship between the youths and the pastors. The youths are motivated to aspire to better dreams for the kingdom. The youths are no longer timid or shy because of their day to day involvement in church activities. Under negative, there is lack of personal indepth study and knowledge of the word of God. They are always conscious of miracles instead of the word which teaches patience. Youths indulge in sinful activities because of uncontrolled modes of communication through internet such platforms include youtube, whatsapp, instagram etc. They raise untrained youth ministers in the ministry who partially adhere to the Biblical Doctrines and Practices of the Christian faith. It was therefore recommend that all gospel preachers and even intending ones should be thoroughly trained and grounded in the sound Doctrine of Christianity and that all theological institution should have academic programmes that are based on this recommendation (2 Tim. 2:2).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title page – – – – ii
Declaration – – – – iii
Certification – – – – iv
Approval Sheet – – – – v
Dedication – – – – vi
Acknowledgement – – – – vii
Abstract – – – – viii
Chapter one: Introduction
1.1 Statement of Problem – – – – 2
1.2 Objective of the Study – – – – 3
1.3 Significance of the Study – – – – 3
1.4 Research Methodology – – – – 4
1.5 Scope and limitation of the Study – – – 4
1.6 Organisation of the Study – – – 4
1.7 Definition of Terms – – – 5
Chapter Two: Literature Review
- The Church: Understanding of the Term Church – 6
- Brief history of the Christianity – – – 7
- The Imminent spread of the church – – 7
- Visible and invisible church – – – 8
- Christian denominations – – – 9
2.2 The youth: Terminology and definition of the term ”Youth”10
- Overview of the youth in different perspectives. 11
- Overview of the social media – – – – 13
- Some popular social media – – – – 15
- Overview of the social media – – – – 13
2.3.2 Usage of the social media – – – – 17
2.3.3 Positive and negative impact of social media – – – 18
Chapter Three: Area of Study
3.1 Research area of design – – –
3.2 History of the church: History, description, founder and location of the Church and brief geographical location of Calabar South 19
3.3 Method of data analysis – – – – – – 20
3.4 Sample design and procedures – – – – 21
3.5 Data Collection – – – – – – – 21
3.6 Administration of instrument used for data collection – 21
3.7 Statistical tools for data analysis – – – – 22
3.8 The population – – – – – – – 22
Chapter Four: Data Analysis and Discussion of the Findings
4.0 Data Analysis – – – –
4.1 Demographic characteristic of respondents
4.2 Discussion of the findings
Chapter Five Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation
5.0 Summary – – – – – 29
5.1 Conclusion – – – – – 30
5.2 Recommendation – – – – – 31
References – – – – – – 33
Appendixes – – – –
- Background of the Study
It has become imperative; very essential to underscore the effect of the new generation churches on the youth. Over the years, the church has contributed to the development of the youth spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually, etc. similarly, several accounts in the bible shows how the church helped several youth in making exploit for the kingdom of God. In today’s contemporary church or modern church which is referred also to the new generation church, we see how the youths within Christianity being shallow even when they confess to be saved, they are comfortable in compromising lifestyles, claiming to have liberty and grace in faith through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Due to access to various internet platforms, most of them indulge in various sinful activities. These youths also partially adhere to the biblical doctrine and its practices. With great youthful strength, even then, little or less impact is felt for Christ.
It seems as if the new generation church tends to focus mainly on materialism, healing, miracles, rather than preaching the complete word of faith that is capable of making a man whole. Most of the ministers ignore the imperative of theological/ministerial trainings.
What impact does the modern world create in the lives of our youths? Could it mean that the new generation churches are influenced by the standard of the world? With a great potential of the social media, why is the church not seizing it to reach the world for Christ or is the social media platform influencing our youth negatively? Does the church really have the capacity to manage this communication platform?
All these and many more are what this work seeks to find out – The effect of new generation church on the youths.
1.1 Statement of the Problem
The church as an institution of God was set up to implement the vision of God on earth: to spread the gospel of the kingdom to the ends of the earth teaching the followers to observed all the doctrine of Christ. The church at various times and in different ways has played their roles in accomplishing the vision. In the case of new generation churches there seems to be disconnected and one is tempted to ask; are they really conscious in implementing the vision? If yes, why is sin on the increase among the youths considering the various communication platforms provided by technology in the spread of the gospel messages.
All through the scriptures, the youths were seen making great exploit for the kingdom of God. They channelled their youthful strength to the works of the Gospel. Some of such youth were Timothy, David, Samuel, Jeremiah etc. but today, are the youths really doing same? If yes, what is the impact such has created. If no, what is the problem? Does the new generation church really teach the scripture holistically? Is the Ministry really worded? These and many more are the questions that this work seeks to unravel.